Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a component of traditional Chinese medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body.

The Science Behind Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a process of penetrating the skin with a very thin need that is then activated through soft movements of the acupuncturist. These acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This releases chemicals in to the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

What Are The Health Benefits?


In theory, acupuncture during pregnancy can be used to treat a variety of different pregnancy-related ailments or be used to assist with labor or conception. Potential uses include to:

Alleviate nausea and vomiting

  • Alleviate pain after a surgical birth
  • Alleviate pain during labor
  • Alleviate panic, stress, and depression during pregnancy
  • Assist with general pain and discomfort from pregnancy
  • Assist with labor induction
  • Assist women in conceiving, both naturally and with assisted reproductive technology, such as IVF
  • Correct a breech position during pregnancy
  • Reduce breast tenderness
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Reduce headaches
  • Reduce heartburn
  • Reduce pelvic discomfort
  • Treat constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Treat sciatica pain


Acupuncture for pain relief during labor and after surgery (c-section) is one of the most commonly cited uses for the therapy in pregnancy, especially because healthcare providers are looking for alternatives to opioids. New mothers are at higher risk for addiction after being prescribed opioid painkillers for pregnancy-related pain.


Dr. Steele - Oriental Medicine Doctor

Dr. Steele is licensed in Nevada as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (OMD) and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM), which includes the fields of acupuncture, Chinese herbalism, and biomedicine. He is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner (CFMP) and has received certification in functional blood chemistry analysis. He has advanced training in electro-acupuncture medicine, acupoint injection therapy, and functional neurology.

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While there’s no evidence that acupuncture is a miracle cure-all, it does seem to have some evidence as a worth-while treatment for people who may have multiple conditions and illnesses. There’s a reason it’s been around for more than 2,500 years and as research grows, so will our knowledge of exactly what works and what does.